News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening of New Gallatin, Tennessee Store

Committed to the community, company makes donation to HomeSafe of Sumner County

February 16, 2006

Carly Culbertson
Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee Region
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com  
864-987-2006

Ansley Welchel
JDPR
ansleyw@jdpr.com

GALLATIN, TN — Verizon Wireless, the nation's most reliable network, kicks off the official opening of its newest retail store in Gallatin February 19 - February 25, 2006 with weeklong savings and special promotions. In honor of the new store and the company's commitment to assisting domestic violence victims, Verizon Wireless will donate $1,000 to HomeSafe, a local not-for-profit organization that offers temporary shelter, crisis counseling and other support services to victims of family violence.

"This generous grant from Verizon Wireless will enable us to help survivors who seek safety from abusive situations," said Sherry Tolli, Executive Director of HomeSafe. "We appreciate a national corporation being so willing to address this important cause at our local level."

"Verizon Wireless has devoted our community service efforts to domestic violence because of the far-reaching impact of this problem that affects one out of three women and knows no social or economic boundaries," said Jerry Fountain, President of the Carolinas/Tennessee Region of Verizon Wireless. "Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® phone donation and recycling program, we provide support to victims of domestic violence and agencies like HomeSafe that seek to help them."

Verizon Wireless will present the donation to HomeSafe during a ribbon-cutting celebration at the store on Wednesday, February 22, at 4 p.m. with local dignitaries. WRVW-FM will also be on site from 4-6 p.m. for a live radio broadcast with prize giveaways and special customer offers. During the week, store visitors are invited to register to win an RTW: LGVX9800 V Cast, MP3 player, camera phone (retail value $419.99).

The new Verizon Wireless retail store in Gallatin, located at 1152 Nashville Pike, will offer customers 25% off selected accessories and will waive activation fees for new customers during the week-long grand opening celebration. Visitors are invited to take advantage of these special promotions and enjoy light refreshments available at the store throughout the week.

Gallatin Verizon Wireless Store — Hours of Operation
Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. The store phone number is (615) 452-7800.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. The company is headquartered in Bedminster, NJ. Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia .

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, works to combat domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the company's HopeLine program. Marking its 10th year in 2005, HopeLine today collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants. Phone donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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